Life Skills

Working From Home- How To Overcome Loneliness and Isolation

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main”-  John Donne, No man is an island – A selection from the prose

Marie Forleo  recently posted a video on her You Tube channel about ‘How to overcome loneliness when working from home.‘ I enjoyed that episode very much, because i have been down that road before and i absolutely agree with all the 8 tips she gives to people struggling with loneliness when working from home.

Nowadays, working from home is like a trend. For many people, including aspiring entrepreneurs, it’s almost like a dream come true.

If you happen to ask a few  people the question -“Why do you want to work from home?”  you’re likely to get different answers, mostly with  an emphasis on ‘balancing career and personal life,’ ‘flexibility’ and  ‘improving productivity.’  I totally get it!  Not every one is into the 9-5 grind or the long hours to commute to work every day.

Even though  working from home is one of the best options for many people, it can also be a lonely journey, especially when you work are all by yourself all day long.

If you’ve never felt the pang of loneliness while working from home, i know this might be hard for you to understand. However, if you are one of those who can relate to the loneliness and isolation that comes from working from home, you’ll find this video on MarieTV  helpful.

All the 8 tips  come down to one particular component- ‘Interaction with other humans’

“Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

‘The Chinese Farmer’- Inspiring Story by Alan Watts

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”  ― Alan W. Watts, The Culture of Counter-Culture: Edited Transcripts

I absolutely love the above quote by Alan Watts  (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) who was a British philosopher, a writer, a speaker and a teacher. Like many others, i too am inspired by Alan’s magical and wakening teachings about the simple realities of life.

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Alan Watts-  Source: Wikipedia

I recently listened to one of his beautiful and inspiring short audio narratives, about a certain ‘Chinese Farmer,’ who chose to see the positive side of things even in negative situations.

On a certain day, one of the Chinese farmer’s horses escaped. That evening, all the neighbors came around and said to him “That’s too bad!” And he said, “Maybe.”

The next day the horse came back, and brought seven wild horses with it. And all the neighbors came around and said, “Well that’s great. Isn’t it?” And he said, “Maybe.”

The next day, as his son was attempting to tame one of his horses and was riding it, he fell down and broke his leg. The neighbors came again in the evening and said, “Well that’s too bad. Isn’t it?” and he said, “Maybe.”

The next day the conscription officers came around to recruit people into the army but they rejected his son because he had a broken leg.  All the people came around and said, “That’s great.” and he said, “Maybe.”

 

 

The moral of the story as the philosopher tells it is that- “The whole process of nature is a process of immense complexity and it is really impossible to tell whether something that happens in it is good or bad. Because you never know the consequences of the misfortune. Or, you never know the consequences of good fortune.” ~ Alan Watts.

 

You can learn more about the British Philosopher on Alanwatts.org

Video Source: the Sustainable Human project